Lenten Lint

What really counts? What is worth defending, if necessary, to death? These are questions that have been rolling around in my head for a little while. Getting down to the basics, the necessities, is what Lent is truly about.

 

Last night, we watched Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. Sophie Scholl lived in Germany during WWII, distributed anti-Hitler literature, and faced the consequences including a semi-trial & execution. She made it her priority to stand for what is right, freedom & truth, & as a result lost everything except an amazing story of courage.

 

Tonight, we watched The Way [I do more than “movie night” hop on the weekends… ha!] about a father whose son dies on El Camino de Santiago in France/Spain, so the father continues the journey. The farther one walks this path on the journey, the less stuff one carries out of necessity to lighten the load.

 

These are both example of the Lenten spirit- removing excess in order to remember what truly counts, what truly matters.

 

Lent is like lint. Removing lint from the dryer filter produces more whole clothing from the dryer. What an injustice to a lovely black blouse to be covered and hidden by white specks, lint, all over. Perhaps, more accurately- Lent is the dryer, set to a certain time, while the Holy Spirit is the lint filter as we, each pilgrim, agree to remove junk & distractions.

 

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” [Hebrews 12:1]

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